Save our sanctuary

by Ark Wildlife Park in Stickney, England, United Kingdom

Save our sanctuary

Total raised £6,220

raised so far



To support the 250 rescue animals that need feeding and looking after without any income from visitors

by Ark Wildlife Park in Stickney, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 2nd May 2020 we'd raised £3,870 with 102 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

We need your help to Save our Sanctuary.

The sanctuary has lost over 100k of income over peak season, vital money that keeps the animals fed and warm over winter, when our electric bill alone tops 3k, let alone feed and vet bills etc.

The Ark is home to over 250 animals that may have had to be put down or left abandoned had the Ark not stepped in to help.  From crocodiles in bath tubs, Raccoon dogs found wandering loose to a fox that was asked to be put down by its previous owner, as well as a Savannah cat seized by the authorities and many many more.

In these uncertain times we have no income but extremely high ongoing costs. All staff have been furloughed from the start of lockdown leaving just ourselves and our kids to look after the animals, meaning 12-14 hour days every single day for the last 3 months and still a way to go.

Unlike many businesses impacted we cannot simply 'switch off the lights' even if we are closed our expenses are pretty much the same and runs to many thousands  of pounds a week. You can't just furlough a raccoon.

Although the go ahead has been given that zoos can open it's simply not a quick fix for us. Not only does it take time to put plans in place as there are only two of us but with current restrictions still in place on indoor areas it is not viable to open the site due to needing to reduce the entrance fee.

This is going to be a long road for the Ark and we will do everything we can to continue to care for these animals as we were their last chance but it is a very worrying time.

Even during lockdown the Ark hasn't just been caring for the resident animals but also helping with urgent rescue cases.

The Ark is unique in the assistance we provide with animals that have nowhere else to go and the next few months are critical to the 250 animals that are already here living happily, and will impact any future rescues.

Thanks for reading and thanks for any assistance you can give.

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This project offered rewards

£10 or more

£10 voucher

Spare us a tenner to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way. Voucher for future purchase at the Ark.

£1 or more

£1 help

Donation of £1

£5 or more

£5 voucher

Voucher to be used in the future in the cafe/shop or on encounters or entrance fees.

£30 or more

£30 Family Ticket

Family entrance ticket to the Ark (2 adults and 2 children). Once gifted please email us and we will send your voucher ([email protected]). You may need to pre-book your visit date on Eventbrite, see Facebook or website for details

£40 or more

Animal Encounter for 1

Reduced price for animal encounter to meet our foxes, meerkats, reptiles, coatis or wild cats. Usually £50. Valid for 18 months. Also includes park entry.

£75 or more

Animal Encounter for 2

Reduced price for animal encounter to meet our foxes, meerkats, reptiles, coatis or wild cats. Usually £90. Valid for 18 months. Also includes park entry.

£150 or more

Ultimate Encounter

Ultimate Encounter for 2 people including lunch, meet 3 of the below: Fox, Wild cats, Reptiles, Coati or Meerkats

£25 or more

Animal Adoption

Animal adoption pack that will last for 18 months. Usually £30 for 12 months. Will be posted out asap. Includes entrance ticket, letter, certificate, fact sheet and plaque on enclosure. Can be used for any animal at the Ark.

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